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Tuesday, November 2
 

12:05pm EDT

Top 5 in Twenty-Five Speaker Series - 5 Tips to Build Your Professional Network
Kick off Global Entrepreneurship Week with Penn State Altoona! Join us for our Top 5 in Twenty-Five Speaker Series. Building your professional network is vital to career success! Join us and walk away with actionable advice from Penn State Altoona’s own Mary Ann Amato.

This event will be offered in-person and via Zoom, and its open to all students and community members! Registration is required for Zoom attendance. You can register here: https://bit.ly/Top5Networking.

This Global Entrepreneurship Week Penn State event is presented by the Altoona LaunchBox supported by the Hite family and the Sheetz Center for Entrepreneurial Excellence at Penn State Altoona.

Speakers
avatar for Mary Ann Amato

Mary Ann Amato

Director of Development & Alumni Relations, Penn State Altoona
Mary Ann Miller Amato is a skilled professional in the areas of nonprofit organizations, management, sales, event management, team building, and media relations. MaryAnn received her Bachelor of Science degree focused on business and public administration from Juniata College.  Mary... Read More →



Tuesday November 2, 2021 12:05pm - 12:30pm EDT
Sheetz Center for Entrepreneurial Excellence, Room 201 & Zoom
 
Thursday, November 4
 

6:00pm EDT

Happy Valley VC Fireside Chat: Founders & Investors with Joseph Kitonga
Join us on Thursday, November 4th at 6:00pm to learn what it's like to work with a Venture Capital firm. Joseph Kitonga, founder of Vitable Health, will be joining us to share his experiences working with SoftBank. SoftBank was the lead investor for Vitable Health's seed series round. Vitable Health is focused on reimagining healthcare for uninsured and under-insured Americans. They connect their network of medical professions with individuals for in-home medical care. Come to learn about the fundraising process, and what it's like to work with a premier Venture Capital firm.

To attend the event, you must have an account on Entre. It's free and it's a great community to meet other entrepreneurs and investors. First, people need to make an account at www.joinentre.com. The event link is https://joinentre.com/event/617c336164715d0009da8d24.

This event is presented by Happy Valley VC and Penn State Smeal College of Business.  

Speakers
avatar for James Shryock

James Shryock

Senior, Finance Major, Penn State
James Shryock is a senior finance student at Penn State. He's currently the Engagement Partner at Happy Valley VC, Penn State's venture capital club. James has a passion for working with entreprenuers and helping their visions become a reality. Post graduation, James is hoping to... Read More →
avatar for Joseph Kitonga

Joseph Kitonga

Founder, Vitable Health
Joseph Kitonga is the founder of Vitable Health, focused on reimagining the way healthcare works in America for uninsured and under-insured individuals. Vitable Health connects individuals with high-quality medical professionals for in-home medical care. His passion for Vitable Health... Read More →


Thursday November 4, 2021 6:00pm - 7:00pm EDT
Entre
 
Saturday, November 6
 

11:00am EDT

Winter Market at The Rivet
The second annual Winter Market at The Rivet is FREE to attend and will showcase over 40 local artisans selling their wares. The event will be held in The Rivet and wrap around outside into the parking lot. Get your holiday shopping done early by buying local and then stick around for a snack from some of the area’s most popular food trucks! All proceeds from the sale, raffle gift baskets, silent auction items, and sponsorships will go to support programs for youth and adults at The Rivet. Visit TheRivet.org for more information.

The Winter Market will be held from 11:00am to 7:00pm on Saturday, November 6 and Sunday, November 7.

This event is presented by The Rivet at Discovery Space

Saturday November 6, 2021 11:00am - Sunday November 7, 2021 7:00pm EST
The Rivet at Discovery Space 1224 N Atherton Street, State College, PA 16803
 
Monday, November 8
 

10:00am EST

Use YouTube to Grow Your Business
Let's talk about YouTube!

Are you thinking of creating a YouTube Channel? Are you currently using YouTube for your business? Now sure how to get started or how to build your channel? Then this is the webinar for you. Get best practices for creating a YouTube Channel and compelling video content that promotes your products and services and drives engagement with your brand.

In this workshop, we’ll discuss best practices for:
  • Why you should have a YouTube channel
  • How to set up a YouTube channel
  • What's important to fill out when uploading a video
  • Making good creative, and how to target and measure the results

Registration is required for this event. You can register here: https://attendee.gotowebinar.com/register/4702625942915286544.

This event is presented in partnership with Google, the Harrisburg LaunchBox powered by Penn State, the York LaunchBox powered by Penn State, and the Mont Alto LaunchBox

Speakers
avatar for Randi Penfil

Randi Penfil

Speaker, Grow with Google
Randi is a speaker for the Grow with Google partner program. She has more than 20 years  of experience helping small businesses and nonprofits improve their digital marketing.  As a professional speaker and trainer, Randi has educated thousands of small businesses and entrepreneurs... Read More →


Monday November 8, 2021 10:00am - 11:00am EST
Zoom

10:00am EST

Focus on Local: Community-Based Social Media Marketing in the PA Wilds
Learn how to use social media to position your business and your entire community as destination for residents and visitors alike.

This Focus on Local: Community Based Social Media Marketing workshop is sponsored by The Pennsylvania Wilds.

What's Included:
  • Access to a two-hour, hands-on training and collaboration session with other businesses, organizations and leaders in your community.
  • Real-time training to access and use our Focus on Local Content Database — a template that will help you feel less overwhelmed when it comes to your marketing content strategy.
  • Access to a private, online group with other members of your community session so that you can continue to collaborate, learn new skills, and more after your session date — hosted on the Focus on Local Network + Learning Center.
Sessions led by Hello Social Co.’s CEO, Ellen Matis, who developed the Focus on Local Approach and has implemented it in communities around Pennsylvania.

Registration is required for this event. You can register here: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/focus-on-local-community-based-social-media-marketing-in-the-pa-wilds-tickets-176281351267.  

Speakers
avatar for Ellen Matis

Ellen Matis

Founder + CEO, Hello Social Co.
Ellen is the Founder + CEO of Hello Social Co., a marketing agency that calls Bellefonte, PA, home. Alongside her team, Ellen developed the Focus on Local Approach to social media and content marketing — a tried and true method for connecting more residents and visitors to small... Read More →



Monday November 8, 2021 10:00am - 12:00pm EST
Cameron County Artisan Center 34 E 4th St, Emporium, PA 15834

12:00pm EST

Bullshit Detection and Authenticity in Entrepreneurship
A lot of startup life is about selling ideas, developing your team, and building the foundation for your business. Those aspects are based on your clients, their ever-changing needs, and their pain points. Inevitably you need help: resources to grow, or tools to support you on your journey. But in the pursuit of success, you risk losing your authenticity by utilizing these resources. Detecting bullshit is valuable as an introspective and outward looking process. In this presentation, we will discuss the key strategies tied to being purposeful and authentic in how you engage with your clients.

Join us in person or tune in live on YouTube at https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fgpRajf4gVc or on Facebook at https://www.facebook.com/159129334106060/posts/4992879087397703/

In response to accelerating COVID-19 case counts across the state and in consultation with University Faculty Senate leadership, Penn State requires all students, faculty, staff and visitors — including those who are vaccinated and unvaccinated — to wear masks indoors at all campuses.

Speakers
avatar for Frey Brownson (they/their), PhD

Frey Brownson (they/their), PhD

Co-Founder and Principal, HelioTactics
Dr. Frey Brownson is an internationally recognized solar photovoltaics, climate mitigation policy and strategic planning, and sustainability expert. They have been a leader in solar research and education for almost two decades, addressing the trans- formative potential of the solar... Read More →


Monday November 8, 2021 12:00pm - 1:00pm EST
Penn State Innovation Hub 123 South Burrowes Street, State College, PA 16801

12:00pm EST

Entrepreneur in Residence - Penn State Altoona
The Entrepreneur in Residence (EIR) program provides students with the opportunity to expand their network and get immediate feedback on their ventures or entrepreneurial career goals and aspirations. With advance online registration, students schedule one-on-one time with visiting entrepreneurs from diverse fields and backgrounds.

This program is open to currently enrolled Penn State Altoona students with an ENTR minor or ENTR option.

You can register for a timeslot here:https://sites.psu.edu/sheetzcenter/entrepreneur-in-residence/amy-mearkle/.

This opportunity is presented by Penn State Altoona, the Altoona LaunchBox supported by the Hite family, and the Sheetz Center for Entrepreneurial Excellence

Speakers
avatar for Amy Mearkle

Amy Mearkle

Director of Marketing & Advertising, DelGrosso's Amusement Park and Marianna's Fundraisers
As Director of Marketing and Advertising for DelGrosso’s Amusement Park and Marianna’s Fundraisers, Amy Mearkle believes in the saying “you make a living by what you get, and you make a life by what you give.” Her success can be accredited to a hard work ethic that she says... Read More →



Monday November 8, 2021 12:00pm - 4:05pm EST
Sheetz Center for Entrepreneurial Excellence

12:15pm EST

Six Traits of an Inclusive Leader
This presentation on inclusive leadership will be a combination of formal and interactive discussion. The goal is to identify various leadership styles as a lead in to the definition and characteristics of inclusive leadership. We will discuss what it is, why it's important, and how you can develop your leadership skills to be as inclusive as possible. We will review and briefly discuss each of the six signature traits of an inclusive leader.

Join this session by visiting the Hazleton LaunchBox Virtual Conference Room at the start of the event.

This event is presented by Hazleton LaunchBox supported by Pasco L. Schiavo, Esq. and Penn State Hazleton

Speakers
avatar for Jamie Kizer

Jamie Kizer

Director of Entrepreneurship, East Stroudsburg University of Pennsylvania
Jamie Kizer is an experienced CEO with a demonstrated history of working in the fields of higher education, government, business/entrepreneurship, and nonprofit organizations. Skilled in the areas of leadership; innovation; entrepreneurship; business and strategic planning; training... Read More →


Monday November 8, 2021 12:15pm - 1:15pm EST
Luzerne County Community College - Hazleton 100 W Broad St, Hazleton, PA 18201

5:30pm EST

The Importance of Authenticity in Entrepreneurship Leadership
Authenticity is the alignment of your values and experience with your external contributions. This exploratory presentation will focus on helping you ignite the authentic leader in you as we explore the personal and professional benefits of leading from your true self. The presentation will address the mutually beneficial relationship between successful organizations/businesses and their engagement with the community they serve. It will showcase how successful organizations start from a point of an authentic mission and vision. Their success is intrinsically connected to authenticity and focusing on the needs of others. Participants will learn to appreciate how today's entrepreneurs and leader must lead their organization from an authentic self and with a genuine focus on the unique needs of the customers/target audience.

This event is presented by Hazleton LaunchBox supported by Pasco L. Schiavo, Esq. and Penn State Hazleton.

Speakers
avatar for Rosana Reyes

Rosana Reyes

Vice President of Enrollment Management and Student Development, Luzerne County Community College
Rosana Reyes has a career of over 30 years in both the public and private sectors. She currently serves as vice president for enrollment management and student development at Luzerne County Community College. Prior to serving in this role Ms. Reyes served as associate vice president... Read More →


Monday November 8, 2021 5:30pm - 6:30pm EST
Luzerne County Community College - Hazleton 100 W Broad St, Hazleton, PA 18201

5:30pm EST

Entrepreneur Connect: A Community Networking Event
Centre Region Entrepreneur Network (CREN) and Women's Networking Group of State College (WiNGs) will host this networking event that is open to all student and community entrepreneurs. Appetizers will be served. Attendees are encouraged to RSVP at https://forms.office.com/Pages/ResponsePage.aspx?id=RY30fNs9iUOpwcEVUm61LlkYKCUBVbBNizT4EEoWUvtUMkNDQ1NJV0ZORERQMVYwNUhKV1JTVERCUy4u.

This event is presented in partnership with Centre Region Entrepreneur Network (CREN) and Women's Networking Group of State College (WiNGs).

In response to accelerating COVID-19 case counts across the state and in consultation with University Faculty Senate leadership, Penn State requires all students, faculty, staff and visitors — including those who are vaccinated and unvaccinated — to wear masks indoors at all campuses.


Monday November 8, 2021 5:30pm - 7:30pm EST
Penn State Innovation Hub 123 South Burrowes Street, State College, PA 16801

6:00pm EST

Toona Tank
Toona Tank is a game show-style spoof of the hit ABC show, Shark Tank. In the Toona Tank, contestants from PSUA will be given a random object and a small-time limit to create a 60-second elevator (product) pitch. They will then be brought out on stage before a live and virtual audience to present their unique product. After the pitch, the live and virtual audience will be asked to go online and vote for their favorite contestant in several categories such as Best Overall Presentation or Most Enthusiastic Presenter. Gift cards will be awarded to winners in each category.

Contestant participation in this event is open to Penn State Altoona students. Viewing and voting participation is open to all students and the community!

RSVP is only required for Zoom participation. You can register here: https://bit.ly/ToonaTank

This Global Entrepreneurship Week Penn State event is brought to you by the Sheetz Center for Entrepreneurial Excellence at Penn State Altoona.


Monday November 8, 2021 6:00pm - 8:00pm EST
Slep Student Center, Pond View Lounge & Zoom

7:00pm EST

How to Seduce the Brain in Your Training with Rickelvis Valerio
Author and entrepreneur Rickelvis Valerio will share how neuroscience can empower professionals by understanding and improving learning in the brain. In addition to publishing books on the subject, he has also served as a corporate trainer for companies like Whirlpool and Hewlett-Packard.

No registration required. Join this session by visiting the Hazleton LaunchBox Virtual Conference Room at the start of the event. This event will be presented in Spanish only. 

This event is presented by Hazleton LaunchBox supported by Pasco L. Schiavo, Esq. and Penn State Hazleton.

Speakers
avatar for Fermin Diaz

Fermin Diaz

Entrepreneurship Facilitator, Hazleton LaunchBox supported by Pasco L. Schiavo, Esq.
avatar for Rickelvis Valerio

Rickelvis Valerio

Author, Entrepreneur, Corporate Trainer
Rickelvis Valerio results-focused, multilingual corporate training leader with 11 years of experience training for multinational corporations and Fortune 500 companies specialized in sales team development, leadership, coaching and business development in LATAM and Caribbean coun... Read More →


Monday November 8, 2021 7:00pm - 8:00pm EST
Zoom
 
Tuesday, November 9
 

9:00am EST

Talking to Customers: Understanding What Customers Really Want
Customer discovery is a tool used in lean business planning to help businesses to figure out, as quickly as possible, the right thing to build, that customers want, and what they will pay for it. The process of customer discovery is simple, talk to customers about their problems, not your solution, to understand what they really want. Both existing businesses and start-ups can avoid risk through the proven process of customer discovery. In this workshop, we outline what customer discovery is, why you need to question your assumptions, how to test your ideas, and how to use information from customers to make better business decisions.

Join us in person or tune in live on YouTube at https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=q4NjeHySRoQ or on Facebook at https://www.facebook.com/159129334106060/posts/4992881337397478/!

In response to accelerating COVID-19 case counts across the state and in consultation with University Faculty Senate leadership, Penn State requires all students, faculty, staff and visitors — including those who are vaccinated and unvaccinated — to wear masks indoors at all campuses.

Speakers
avatar for Lee Erickson

Lee Erickson

Chief Amplifier, Happy Valley LaunchBox powered by PNC Bank
Lee’s role at LaunchBox is to help startup, de-risk and grow their businesses. She runs the educational programs, connects startup founders to outside resources, and provides guidance on a variety of startup challenges—customer discovery, testing assumptions, building minimum... Read More →
avatar for Elizabeth Hay

Elizabeth Hay

Business Consultant & Pandemic Support Specialist, Penn State Small Business Development Center⁣
Elizabeth Hay is a business consultant for the Penn State Small Business Development Center. Her consulting efforts are primarily focused on providing free, confidential one-on-one consulting to current and prospective business owners.Elizabeth has more than 15 years of experience... Read More →



Tuesday November 9, 2021 9:00am - 10:00am EST
Happy Valley LaunchBox powered by PNC Bank 123 South Burrowes Street, State College, PA 16801

12:05pm EST

Top 5 in Twenty-Five Speaker Series: The Elevator Isn’t Empty - Best Practices for Developing Your Elevator Pitch
Our Top 5 in Twenty-Five Speaker Series continues with José Otero. Need some skills to increase the effectiveness of your elevator pitch? You need to be here! José will share actionable advice you can put into place right away – in a mere twenty-five minutes.

This event will be offered in-person and via Zoom, and its open to all students and community members!
Registration is required for Zoom attendance. You can register here: https://bit.ly/Top5Pitch.

This Global Entrepreneurship Week Penn State event is presented by the Altoona LaunchBox supported by the Hite family and the Sheetz Center for Entrepreneurial Excellence at Penn State Altoona.

Speakers
avatar for José Otero

José Otero

Innovation Coach/Portfolio Manager, Ben Franklin Technology Partners of Central and Northern PA
José Luis “Pepe” was born in Mexico City, raised in sunny San Diego, California, and has lived in a variety of areas, but now happily calls Johnstown, PA home. With a BA in both Business Management and Economics along with an MBA in Strategic Leadership, he has worked with Department... Read More →



Tuesday November 9, 2021 12:05pm - 12:30pm EST
Sheetz Center for Entrepreneurial Excellence, Room 201 & Zoom

12:15pm EST

Three Stories of Business WOW! and Their Lessons for Your Own Brilliant Success
Stories are among the most powerful ways to share information that people will remember. In this session, we will hear three enduring stories of exceptional business practices and examine how their lessons can contribute to your own bottom-line. We also will discuss how you can use stories to promote your business, attract and retain customers, and grow your own brilliant success.

This event is presented by Hazleton LaunchBox supported by Pasco L. Schiavo, Esq. and Penn State Hazleton.


Speakers
avatar for Barbara Dershowitz

Barbara Dershowitz

Author
Barbara has earned a BA in English, an MA in Education, a pre-doctoral CAGS in Organizational Leadership, and Certification as a Change Management Professional.


Tuesday November 9, 2021 12:15pm - 1:15pm EST
Hazleton LaunchBox supported by Pasco L. Schiavo, Esq. 15 W. Broad St., Hazleton, PA

3:00pm EST

Student Entrepreneur Panel
They've done it and so can you! Join us and find out what it took for students to turn their dreams into real businesses. Students from Penn State Altoona will provide their back story, motivations, failures, and successes in launching their own business endeavors. The event will wrap up with a Q&A session to motivate other young entrepreneurs to pursue their dreams.

This event will be offered in-person and via Zoom, and its open to all students and community members! Registration is required for Zoom attendance. You can register here: https://bit.ly/StudentEntr

This event is presented by Sheetz Center for Entrepreneurial Excellence


Tuesday November 9, 2021 3:00pm - 4:00pm EST
Sheetz Center for Entrepreneurial Excellence, Room 201 & Zoom

3:30pm EST

The First Steps to Small Business Success
If you're interested in entrepreneurship or are thinking about starting a business, attend this one-hour version of our monthly First Steps to Small Business Success webinar to get an overview of what it takes to start and run a business. Our small business experts will share the key aspects of starting a business and help you determine if launching a business is right for you.
Topics covered include:
  • Business structures
  • How to assess the feasibility of your business idea
  • How to develop a business plan
  • Legal and tax implications of owning a business
  • Funding options and how to compile a bank-ready financial package
  • Health and safety regulations that may apply to your business
  • How to market your product or service
  • Items required to formally establish a business
  • Where to find other resources that may help you succeed

Join us in person or tune in live on YouTube at https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=o_1iaxKHXRE or on Facebook at https://www.facebook.com/159129334106060/posts/4992883734063905/

This event is presented in partnership with the Pennsylvania College of Technology and SCORE.

In response to accelerating COVID-19 case counts across the state and in consultation with University Faculty Senate leadership, Penn State requires all students, faculty, staff and visitors — including those who are vaccinated and unvaccinated — to wear masks indoors at all campuses.

Speakers
avatar for Tom Keiffer

Tom Keiffer

Business Consultant, Penn State Small Business Development Center
Tom joined the Small Business Development Center (SBDC) in 2015. Tom focuses on assisting clients with the development of structured narrative business plans, detailed financial projections, as well as preparation of loan proposals. Tom provides one-on-one consulting to clients in... Read More →



Tuesday November 9, 2021 3:30pm - 5:00pm EST
E205, Advanced Technology and Health Sciences Center at Penn College 1 College Ave, Williamsport, PA 17701

4:00pm EST

Building an Entrepreneurial Operating System
The best entrepreneurs require alignment of an entire career. We'll journey through the thousands of small emotional and tactical decisions it takes to create a system to let your entrepreneurial spirit feast. We'll use Steve's journey creating Thought Merchants as the lattice to discuss tactical business decisions, principles, and lifestyle that play essential roles in success and failure.

Steve Berry is the founder of Thought Merchants, a unique design studio in Santa Monica, California. Steve Berry is a product designer, which really means a person who's a: maker, designer, founder, thinker, coach, artist, strategist. TM has worked with various emerging companies at critical moments of growth over the past 12 years. Casper, Harry's, STX, Chainlink, Code Climate, and Riot Games are a few you may recognize.

Registration is required for this event. You can register here: https://engage.tassl.com/event/9348/

This event is presented by Great Valley LaunchBox powered by Penn State in partnership with Penn State Great Valley

Speakers
avatar for Steve Berry

Steve Berry

Principal, Thought Merchants
Relationships are at the heart of pretty much every type of success, so let’s get to know each other.Studied graphic design. / Stopped screwing up and grew up, hung his work in the hallways at SCAD. / Graduated with a proper print portfolio and a pile of websites he designed and... Read More →



Tuesday November 9, 2021 4:00pm - 5:30pm EST
Zoom

4:35pm EST

Hospitality Entrepreneurship and Innovation
Join us to learn more about the latest trends in hospitality entrepreneurship and innovation!

Registration is not required for this event.

The event is presented by the Penn State School of Hospitality Management.  

Speakers
avatar for Albert Rothman

Albert Rothman

Vice President of Food & Beverage, EOS Investors
Albert Rothman currently is the Vice President of Food & Beverage at EOS Investors where he oversees all F&B strategy, development, design, and operations of over 30 hotels and resorts.  Prior to this, Albert oversaw food & beverage for AJ Capital Partners in Chicago, including The... Read More →


Tuesday November 9, 2021 4:35pm - 5:50pm EST
104 Keller Auditorium

4:45pm EST

Finance 101 for Startups
Get the financial information you need to start and maintain your business! Panelists will discuss important financial documents, loan programs, venture capital & angel investors, and the importance of personal credit.

This event will be offered in-person and via Zoom, and its open to all students and community members! Registration is required for Zoom attendance. You can register here: https://bit.ly/GEWFin101.

This Global Entrepreneurship Week event is presented by the Altoona LaunchBox supported by the Hite family in partnership with the Sheetz Center for Entrepreneurial Excellence at Penn State Altoona.

Speakers
avatar for John Horell

John Horell

President, KIZ Resources, LLC
John is co-founder of Tax Credit Brokerage, LLC and President of KIZ Resources, LLC.  With fifteen years of professional experience, John has contributed to the development of Pennsylvania’s transferable tax credit industry.  With technical tax training as an Enrolled Agent... Read More →
avatar for Justin Mandel

Justin Mandel

Angel & VC Investor, Chairperson, Alleghenies Angel Fund
Justin leads the Fund’s activities on a day-to-day basis and focuses on generating investment opportunities for the Fund. He believes strongly in the investment thesis of early-stage entrepreneurial opportunity in the Allegheny region. Justin is also an experienced, commercial real... Read More →


Tuesday November 9, 2021 4:45pm - 5:45pm EST
Sheetz Center for Entrepreneurial Excellence, Room 201 & Zoom

5:30pm EST

Emerging Tech Series: Cryptocurrency & Blockchain
An hour-long informal discussion where attorney Frank Vito will moderate and discuss with the panel topics such as: their backgrounds and experience in the crypto industry, the basics/development of the technology, use cases, regulatory environment, tax implications, consumer concerns, starting a crypto/blockchain business, raising venture capital, and more.

This event is presented by Hazleton LaunchBox supported by Pasco L. Schiavo, Esq. and Penn State Hazleton.

Moderators
avatar for Frank Vito

Frank Vito

Attorney & Founder, Vito Law, LLC
Founder of Vito Law, LLC based in Philadelphia, PA. In his practice, Frank advises founders, startup technology companies, angel investors and acts as outside general counsel to small businesses and closely-held corporations. He also assists and supports his clients in a variety of... Read More →

Speakers

Tuesday November 9, 2021 5:30pm - 6:30pm EST
Luzerne County Community College - Hazleton 100 W Broad St, Hazleton, PA 18201

5:30pm EST

Steps to Building and Starting a Business
Have you dreamed of being your own boss for years but don't know where to start? Do you ask questions like, “How do I turn my good idea into a successful business?” “What is the feasibility of my business idea?” “What kind of forms and licenses do I need?”” “Where is the best place to open my business?” Learn the basics of starting and successfully operating your own business.

No registration required. Join this session by visiting the Hazleton LaunchBox Virtual Conference Room at the start of the event.

This event is presented by Hazleton LaunchBox supported by Pasco L. Schiavo, Esq. and Penn State Hazleton in partnership with Wilkes University Small Business Development Center

Speakers


Tuesday November 9, 2021 5:30pm - 6:30pm EST
Hazleton LaunchBox supported by Pasco L. Schiavo, Esq. 15 W. Broad St., Hazleton, PA

6:00pm EST

6:00pm EST

York County Ale Trail & Susquehanna SCORE Next Step Grant
Join us for a Q & A with founder of York County Ale Trail, Glenn Smith and Susquehanna SCORE Chapter Chair / President John Tile.

Glenn Smith, entrepreneur and founder of York County Ale Trails, will share his entrepreneurial journey, why he had the idea and how it ties in to his personal interests and passion. John Tile, the Susquehanna SCORE Chapter chairperson, will share information about this year’s Next Step Grant, which Smith received last year.

Registration is required for this event. You can register here: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/york-county-ale-trail-and-susquehanna-score-q-a-tickets-199694069337. All those who register will receive a Zoom link to the event on November 9.

For more information contact Beth Brennan meb58@psu.edu or (717) 771-8407.

This FREE program is presented by the York LaunchBox powered by Penn State - Invent Penn State at Penn State York.

Speakers
avatar for Glenn Smith

Glenn Smith

Owner, York County Ale Trail
avatar for John Tile

John Tile

Chairperson, Susquehanna SCORE


Tuesday November 9, 2021 6:00pm - 7:00pm EST
Zoom

7:00pm EST

From New York to Yamasa: the Road to Teaching Coding with Milka Santana
Hear about the world of coding with Milka Santana, founder of Perfecto Lab+, a school bringing coding, robotics and machine learning to children.

This event is presented by Hazleton LaunchBox supported by Pasco L. Schiavo, Esq. and Penn State Hazleton.

Speakers
avatar for Fermin Diaz

Fermin Diaz

Entrepreneurship Facilitator, Hazleton LaunchBox supported by Pasco L. Schiavo, Esq.
avatar for Milka Santana

Milka Santana

Founder, Perfecto Lab+


Tuesday November 9, 2021 7:00pm - 8:00pm EST
Virtual
 
Wednesday, November 10
 

11:00am EST

SCORE: A Resource for Small Business

Wednesday November 10, 2021 11:00am - 11:30am EST
Hazleton LaunchBox supported by Pasco L. Schiavo, Esq. 15 W. Broad St., Hazleton, PA

12:00pm EST

Leveraging Entrepreneurial Experience to Maximize Professional Success
Entrepreneurs acquire a unique set of skills, perspectives, and experiences that make them adaptable and well-prepared to impact diverse roles, organizations, and careers. This experience makes entrepreneurs highly sought-after job candidates, employees, business owners, and CEOs. To learn how to leverage your entrepreneurial experience and skills when seeking a new professional opportunity or starting your own business, attend this one-hour panel discussion featuring successful entrepreneurs at various stages of their professional career. Attendees will learn how to effectively market their entrepreneurial experience and skills to achieve sustainable personal and career success!

Join us in person or tune in live on YouTube at https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZGwV85pqwDE or on Facebook at https://www.facebook.com/159129334106060/posts/4992885977397014/

This event is presented in partnership with Penn State Career Services.

In response to accelerating COVID-19 case counts across the state and in consultation with University Faculty Senate leadership, Penn State requires all students, faculty, staff and visitors — including those who are vaccinated and unvaccinated — to wear masks indoors at all campuses.

Speakers
avatar for Cory Dahlia Varona

Cory Dahlia Varona

Co-Founder, DN Organics
Cory is the co-founder of DN Organics. She is a God fearing wife, a new mom of two and a lover of wine, fall and all things natural. A proud PSU MBA and undergrad alumni with a degree in Accounting. She treasures time, exploring new places and spending time with family.After she was... Read More →
avatar for Nicol Varona

Nicol Varona

Co-Founder, DN Organics
Nicol is the co-founder and other half of DN Organics. She is a new mother, and a lover of curls, summertime and tacos. She loves to discover new places with her husband and adventure partner, Alfonso, and daughter, Chiara.‍ She graduated from Penn State University (WE ARE) with... Read More →
avatar for Waqqas Mahmood

Waqqas Mahmood

Founder and Chief Innovation Officer, InnovationGeek
Waqqas Mahmood is a founder and Chief Innovation Officer at InnovationGeek (https://www.linkedin.com/company/innovationgeek). He has been in the innovation space for almost two decades, helping organizations architect their digital future. Mr. Mahmood believes in creating a culture of innovation that nurtures new technologies and media that promote powerful and engaging solutions. He has a strong background in tech start-ups, digital product management, human-centered design, and business transformation.Mr. Mahmood brings a solid understanding of structured strategy consulting from his experiences in the digital advisory practices at “Big 4” accounting and other national professional services firms. Mr. M... Read More →
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Joel Seidel

Advanced Application Engineering Analyst, Accenture
Joel Seidel is an advanced application engineering analyst at Accenture and recent graduate of the Penn State College of IST. Joel is a full stack developer and technical analyst committed to delivering value to clients via best-in-class solutions and by capitalizing on opportunities... Read More →



Wednesday November 10, 2021 12:00pm - 1:00pm EST
Penn State Innovation Hub 123 South Burrowes Street, State College, PA 16801

12:00pm EST

The Age of Engagement: Featuring Content Creator Brian Saviano
Content creation is quickly becoming a pathway for many to exercise their creative energy and launch their first entrepreneurial efforts.  During this interactive YouTube livestream, participants can connect with a content creator as they share their experiences launching and building platforms for engagement.

Brian Saviano is an online personality that makes content for all ages across a variety of mediums. Since his first gameplay tutorials created in his grandparents office over 10 years ago, he’s been sharing stories while playing his favorite video games. Brian brings his infectious humor, extensive knowledge, and relatability into everything he does.

The event will be live streamed on the Abington LaunchBox YouTube page. The event is free to attend and registration is not required.

Participants of the live event can ask Brian questions during the event through YouTube Chat.

Visit https://abington.launchbox.psu.edu/ for more information.

This event is presented by Abington LaunchBox powered by Penn State and Penn State Abington

Speakers
avatar for Brian Saviano

Brian Saviano

Content Creator
Brian Saviano is an online personality that makes content for all ages across a variety of mediums. Since his first gameplay tutorials created in his grandparents office over 10 years ago, he’s been sharing stories while playing his favorite video games. Brian brings his infectious... Read More →
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Peter Hornberger

Lecturer of Management and Entrepreneurship, Penn State Abington
Peter believes that the foundations of most of the social and cultural world we navigate are mainly tied to common themes that are understandable at a base level by most (movies, music, art, and other forms of popular culture). These same themes can be extremely powerful vehicles... Read More →


Wednesday November 10, 2021 12:00pm - 1:30pm EST
Abington LaunchBox YouTube Channel

12:15pm EST

10 Keys to Getting LOTS Done WITHOUT Burning Out
Whether you're starting a business, leading a team, or working in any way to leave a positive mark on the world, you have goals and aspirations. However, reaching those goals is not always easy (especially over the past year and a half). With limited time, energy, and resources, how do we maximize our potential for impact without burning ourselves (or others) out?

This event is presented by Hazleton LaunchBox supported by Pasco L. Schiavo, Esq. and Penn State Hazleton.

Speakers
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Brad Travelpiece

Campus Pastor & Student Ministry Director, LCBC Church Hazleton
Brad was born and raised in Northeast Pennsylvania. He graduated from Bloomsburg University in 2014 with a degree in secondary education in physics. In 2013, Brad was hired at EBC in Berwick as the student ministry director and kept that role when EBC merged with LCBC to become the... Read More →


Wednesday November 10, 2021 12:15pm - 1:15pm EST
Lackawanna College - Hazleton 2 E. Broad St., Hazleton, PA 18201

1:00pm EST

Entrepreneur in Residence - Penn State Altoona
The Entrepreneur in Residence (EIR) program provides students with the opportunity to expand their network and get immediate feedback on their ventures or entrepreneurial career goals and aspirations. With advance online registration, students schedule one-on-one time with visiting entrepreneurs from diverse fields and backgrounds.

This program is open to currently enrolled Penn State Altoona students with an ENTR minor or ENTR option.

You can register for a timeslot here: https://sites.psu.edu/sheetzcenter/entrepreneur-in-residence/.

This opportunity is presented by Penn State Altoona and the Sheetz Center for Entrepreneurial Excellence.

Speakers
avatar for Kelley Lynch

Kelley Lynch

President, Penn State Alumni Association Council
With more than 30 years of experience in financial management and operations, Kelley Lynch has made significant contributions to the expansion, development, and fiscal security of businesses in the technology, pharmaceutical services, manufacturing, and engineering and construction... Read More →



Wednesday November 10, 2021 1:00pm - 4:05pm EST
Sheetz Center for Entrepreneurial Excellence

2:00pm EST

"PUNCHLIST": A Serious Game to Build a Future Generation of Entrepreneurial Home Builders
Participants will play "PUNCHLIST," our custom-developed SERIOUS game on solving the home building industry's toughest challenges. Teams will roll the dice and land on a specific challenge. Together, you'll craft solutions and use our "Challenge" cards to ensure the conversation is lively and productive. Participants from all backgrounds and experiences can join. You don't need home building experience. The game is part of our newest project to inspire and educate a new generation of home builders and address our industry's dire needs for innovation and entrepreneurial thinking. Join us in our mission of building careers and changing lives!

You can register here: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/punchlist-the-game-registration-198324171937


Wednesday November 10, 2021 2:00pm - 3:00pm EST

2:00pm EST

Entrepreneurship: Local to Global
The event will feature a diverse group of panelists from Penn State and Lehigh University who will discuss the innovative aspects of entrepreneurship educational program development in the global context.

This 90-minute session will include the following presentations:
  •  “Leveraging Social Entrepreneurship to Advance Social Justice in Housing” by Dr. Esther Obonyo:
  •  “Transitioning from Local to Global: Mindset Shifts and Community Perspectives” by Dr. Mark Gagnon
  • “Global Social Impact Fellowship @ Lehigh University” by Dr. Khanjan Mehta
  •  “Getting Currency Right: Balancing the Risks and Benefits of Doing Business in Foreign Currency” by Jeanine Varga

Tune in live on YouTube at https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9JZwOaMs4lI or on Facebook at https://www.facebook.com/159129334106060/posts/4992887947396817/! 

This event is presented by Penn State Global.

In response to accelerating COVID-19 case counts across the state and in consultation with University Faculty Senate leadership, Penn State requires all students, faculty, staff and visitors — including those who are vaccinated and unvaccinated — to wear masks indoors at all campuses.

Speakers
avatar for Jeanine Varga

Jeanine Varga

Director- Foreign Exchange, PNC Bank
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Esther Obonyo

Director of the Global Building Network, a partnership between the United Nations Economic Commission for Europe and Penn State, Associate Professor of Engineering Design and Architectural Engineering
Dr. Obonyo is the Director of the Global Building Network, a partnership between the UNECE and Penn State. She is also an Associate Professor of Engineering Design and Architectural Engineering. She served as the Interim Director of the Humanitarian Engineering and Social Entrepreneurship... Read More →
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Mark Gagnon

Harbaugh Entrepreneur and Innovation Faculty Scholar, Associate Teaching Professor of Agribusiness and Director of The Food and Bio-innovation Entrepreneurship Minor in The College of Agricultural Sciences at Penn State
Mark Gagnon is the Harbaugh Entrepreneur and Innovation Faculty Scholar in the College of Agricultural Sciences at Penn State University at University Park, PA. Mark co-founded The Entrepreneurship and Innovation (E&I) Program in The College of Agricultural Sciences at Penn State... Read More →
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Khanjan Mehta

Vice Provost for Creative Inquiry, Director of the Mountaintop Initiative at Lehigh University
Khanjan Mehta is the inaugural Vice Provost for Creative Inquiry and Director of the Mountaintop Initiative at Lehigh University. Mehta champions the creation of integrated learning, research, and entrepreneurial engagement ecosystems where students, faculty, and external partners... Read More →



Wednesday November 10, 2021 2:00pm - 3:30pm EST
Zoom

5:00pm EST

CEED Center Open House
Learn how the Flemming CEED Center can help you with your innovative idea, prototyping, starting your business and more!

Join us in-person at Gaige 111 or remotely via the QR Code on the attached flyer.

This event is presented by Penn State Berks and The Flemming Creativity, Entrepreneurship, and Economic Development Center (CEED) Center.



Wednesday November 10, 2021 5:00pm - 6:00pm EST
Hybrid

5:00pm EST

Working to Make a Difference
Your professional career will take up a major part of your life. Why dread getting out of bed and going to a work at a place where your only motivation is money? This session will help you understand alternatives to 'a typical day at the office' where you can be inspired to make a difference.

To register for this event, please send an email to ftk2@psu.edu.

This event is presented by the Penn State College of Engineering.

Speakers
avatar for Frank T. Koe

Frank T. Koe

Teaching Professor, Engineering Entrepreneurship, Penn State College of Engineering, University Park
Frank T. Koe, Ph.D. is an experienced educator, entrepreneur, intrapreneur and international consultant.His work has included serving as associate director of the W.R. Berkley Innovation Labs at the Stern School of Business, New York University; director of the Executive MBA program... Read More →


Wednesday November 10, 2021 5:00pm - 6:00pm EST
308 Hammond Building

5:30pm EST

Mindfulness: Shifting Toward a New Paradigm in Organizational Wellness with Jennifer Ciarimboli
Join Jennifer Ciarimboli, founder and CEO of studio BE, which offers progressive mindfulness training for the 21st-century workplace, as she shares her expert knowledge and experience with workplace well-being through the broad reach, convenience and necessity of a robust e-learning platform with an emphasis on human connection. Learn why and how mindfulness can benefit you and your team.

No registration required. Join this session by visiting the Hazleton LaunchBox Virtual Conference Room at the start of the event.

This event is presented by Hazleton LaunchBox supported by Pasco L. Schiavo, Esq. and Penn State Hazleton.

Speakers
avatar for Jennifer Ciarimboli

Jennifer Ciarimboli

Founder & CEO, studio BE
Jennifer is studio BE’s founder and CEO. She began her career in corporate sales in 1999 in the telecommunications industry. After nearly a decade of success in that industry she suffered from burnout, trained to be a yoga teacher and transformed her life.


Wednesday November 10, 2021 5:30pm - 6:30pm EST
Virtual

6:00pm EST

Violins and Entrepreneurship!
Professional Violinist Cassandra Sotos, a PSU alum who earned an Industrial Engineering degree, will perform and speak about her entrepreneurial journey at 6:00pm on Wednesday, Nov. 10 in the Music Building II, Room 1.

She is also the Fall 2021 Bischoff Entrepreneur in Residence through the Engineering Entrepreneurship Program.

This event is presented by Penn State College of Engineering and Penn State College of Arts and Architecture

Speakers
avatar for Cassandra Sotos

Cassandra Sotos

Artist, Songwriter and International-Touring Violinist
Cassandra "Cat" Sotos is an artist, songwriter and international-touring violinist, known primarily for her live and studio work in country, rock, pop, and Bollywood.Her debut single "Annie Oakley" was released April 30, 2020.


Wednesday November 10, 2021 6:00pm - 7:00pm EST
Music Building II, Room 1 Allen St, University Pak, PA 16802

6:00pm EST

Fast Track to Success
Join fellow students in a stress-free networking event with seasoned professionals from our community. This is the opportunity to:
  • Network
  • Gain insight, perspective, and advice
  • Sharpen your communication skills for the real world
  • Pursue connections that may lead to an internship or job.

This event is open to currently enrolled Penn State Altoona students. Registration is required for this event. You can register here: https://bit.ly/2021FastTrack.

This event is presented by Sheetz Center for Entrepreneurial Excellence in partnership with Sheetz Fellows Program


Wednesday November 10, 2021 6:00pm - 8:00pm EST
Sheetz Center for Entrepreneurial Excellence, Room 201

7:00pm EST

Making Your Mark: Maximizing the Impact of Your Brand
Influencer marketing has proven to be one of the most efficient ways to promote business and personal brands online. To learn how you can utilize influencer marketing tactics to appeal to curated audiences and expand your brand's reach, attend this informative panel discussion hosted by the Penn State Small Business Development Center and Penn State Intercollegiate Athletics. Attendees will hear from emerging influencers, marketing professionals, and corporate level professionals who will share how entrepreneurs and businesses can apply influencer marketing tactics to launch and grow their brands.

Join us in person or tune in live on YouTube at https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_SFcpblCtzo or on Facebook at https://www.facebook.com/159129334106060/posts/4992893030729642/!

This event is presented in partnership with Penn State Intercollegiate Athletics.

In response to accelerating COVID-19 case counts across the state and in consultation with University Faculty Senate leadership, Penn State requires all students, faculty, staff and visitors — including those who are vaccinated and unvaccinated — to wear masks indoors at all campuses.

Speakers
avatar for Bahati VanPelt

Bahati VanPelt

Chief of Athlete Services, United States Olympic and Paraolympic Committee
Bahati VanPelt has served as the chief of athlete services for the United States Olympic & Paralympic Committee since November 2019. In his role, VanPelt leads the athlete safety, athlete health and wellness, athlete outreach and engagement, and athlete education and advancement teams... Read More →
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Amanda Mattera

Vice President, Influencers and Partnerships, Lippe Taylor
Amanda is Vice President, Influencer & Partnerships at Lippe Taylor, a public relations and digital marketing agency. A graduate of the College of Communications, she majored in Public Relations with minors in both Sociology and Recreation, Park and Tourism Management. Throughout... Read More →
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Bradley Kraut

Marketing Director, Jerpa, Junior Public Relations major, minor in Recreation, Park and Tourism Management, Penn State
Bradley is a junior at Penn State majoring in Public Relations with a minor in Recreation, Park and Tourism Management. He is also a Penn State cheerleader, Marketing Director at Jerpa, and a College Athletes Relations intern at Cuts Clothing... Read More →



Wednesday November 10, 2021 7:00pm - 8:00pm EST
Happy Valley LaunchBox powered by PNC Bank 123 South Burrowes Street, State College, PA 16801

7:00pm EST

Conversation with EDOS: Connecting Regional Business Communities (Presented in Spanish)
Forum of economic development organizations from Canada, Dominican Republic, Venezuela and United States. Panelists include Jocelyn Sterenchock from Greater Hazleton CAN DO, Mary Malone from the Greater Hazleton Chamber of Commerce, and Mayra Holguin CEO Nace un Emprendedor.

This event is presented by Hazleton LaunchBox supported by Pasco L. Schiavo, Esq. and Penn State Hazleton.

Speakers
avatar for Fermin Diaz

Fermin Diaz

Entrepreneurship Facilitator, Hazleton LaunchBox supported by Pasco L. Schiavo, Esq.
avatar for Jocelyn Sterenchock

Jocelyn Sterenchock

Greater Hazleton CAN DO
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Mayra Holguin

CEO, Nace un Emprendedor


Wednesday November 10, 2021 7:00pm - 8:00pm EST
Virtual
 
Thursday, November 11
 

10:00am EST

Ben Franklin Technology Partners Capital Call: Mike Doyle, Goldin
Capital Call, by Ben Franklin Technology Partners Central-Northern PA, gives entrepreneurs the opportunity to interact with investors and VCs.  Learn what investors value and look for in potential investment companies and get your questions answers live!

November 11th Capital Call with Mike Doyle, Goldin Ventures:

A “Family Office” is a private wealth management advisory firm that usually has a single client in that they serve an ultra-high-net-worth individual or family. Why do they matter in the capital ecosystem for startups? Well, three-quarters of family offices said they have directly invested in startups, and one-quarter said they have sourced their own deals, according to a recent global survey of family office executives and family members conducted by Silicon Valley Bank and family office advisors Campden Wealth.

We are privileged to have Mike Doyle, from Goldin Ventures as out next guest on Ben Franklin Capital Call. Goldin Ventures is a family office, investing in early stage technology companies, on behalf of the Markowitz family, the founders of Allen Organ Company in the Lehigh Valley region of PA. This session is moderated by John Sider, Director of Second Stage Capital, Ben Franklin Technology Partners of Central and Northern Pennsylvania.

Topics Covered
1. What investors look for in a potential investment
2. How family offices invest in early-stage companies
3. Audience Q&A with Mike

Registration is required for this event. You can register here: https://www.benfranklinlearningcenter.org/training/event/capital-call-with-mike-doyle-goldin-ventures.

This event is presented by Harrisburg LaunchBox powered by Penn State in partnership with Ben Franklin Technology Partners Central-Northern PA

Moderators
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John Sider

Director, Second Stage Capital, Ben Franklin Technology Partners of Central and Northern Pennsylvania
John Sider is the Director of Second Stage Capital for Ben Franklin Technology Partners of Central and Northern Pennsylvania. In this role, Sider is responsible for assisting the Center’s portfolio companies in attracting additional investment capital from sources such as angel... Read More →

Speakers
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Mike Doyle

President, Goldin Ventures
Mike Doyle is President of Goldin Ventures, a family office investing in early stage companies in the Mid-Atlantic region, on behalf of the Markowitz family. Mike had roles at 4 startups prior to starting Goldin Ventures in 2007. Mike served as President of Eastern Research, a subsidiary... Read More →
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Annie Hughes

Director of Outreach, Ben Franklin Technology Partners Learning Center, Director, Harrisburg LaunchBox
Annie Hughes is Director of Harrisburg LaunchBox powered by Penn State and Director of Outreach for Ben Franklin Technology Partners Learning Center.  As director of LaunchBox and Management Consultant in her former role with Penn State Small Business Development Center, Annie has... Read More →


Thursday November 11, 2021 10:00am - 11:00am EST
Zoom

12:15pm EST

The Integrative Path to Transformation
In my years in ministry, teaching, and coaching, I've witnessed the reality of which so many live their lives. Fragmented. We're conditioned, in many ways, to wear multiple hats as if we take on various personas over time while often sacrificing our truest self, our authentic self. More often than not it's a result of living our lives from the outside in rather than the inside out. The wisdom extracted from my own life, along with years teaching and coaching, has given me insight of how to turn that corner. To this day, the classroom is a laboratory to help students explore their own lives, in a deeper way, through the study of philosophy. In a time of so much fragmentation, in our lives, politics, and society in general, there needs to be a movement towards transformation and integration, to become whole.

Thursday November 11, 2021 12:15pm - 1:15pm EST
Hazleton LaunchBox supported by Pasco L. Schiavo, Esq. 15 W. Broad St., Hazleton, PA

4:30pm EST

Women & Technology Panel moderated by Kathryn Lavelle Myrtaj (CANCELLED)
The minds behind Precision Software Innovations talk tech's present and future. Lavelle Myrtaj will be joined by Selina Andiappan and Gino Piccolino.

Speakers
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Kathryn Lavelle Myrtaj

Precision Software Innovations
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Selina Andiappan

Precision Software Innovations
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Gino Piccolino

Precision Software Innovations


Thursday November 11, 2021 4:30pm - 5:30pm EST
Hazleton LaunchBox supported by Pasco L. Schiavo, Esq. 15 W. Broad St., Hazleton, PA

6:00pm EST

A Moment of Magic - Nonprofit Entrepreneurship
A Moment of Magic is the original 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization that empowers college-age students to volunteer at children’s hospitals and social service institutions to provide creative programming. A Moment of Magic operates on the mission of restoring the magic of believing at a time when a child needs to just be a kid and reminding them to be brave, strong, and fearless.

This event is presented by Penn State Hazleton.  

Speakers
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Kylee McGrane

A Moment of Magic, Founder and Executive Director
In December 2014, Kylee had the idea to dress up like a princess and visit local children's hospitals. After some preliminary research, she found out there were no other organizations currently serving hospitalized children this way. After her first visit to a 202 bed hospital in... Read More →


Thursday November 11, 2021 6:00pm - 7:00pm EST
Hazleton LaunchBox supported by Pasco L. Schiavo, Esq. 15 W. Broad St., Hazleton, PA

6:00pm EST

The Cardboard Challenge
Student engineers compete to innovate the vending machine by building life-size cardboard prototypes in under two hours. The public is welcome to attend to watch the competition!

This event is presented by Penn State College of Engineering in partnership with the Women in Engineering Program and the Multicultural Engineering Program


Thursday November 11, 2021 6:00pm - 9:00pm EST
Happy Valley LaunchBox powered by PNC Bank 123 South Burrowes Street, State College, PA 16801

6:30pm EST

Applications of Artificial Intelligence Technologies: Opportunities and Pitfalls

Speakers
avatar for Abdullah Konak

Abdullah Konak

Distinguished Professor of Information Sciences and Technology




Thursday November 11, 2021 6:30pm - 7:30pm EST
Zoom

7:00pm EST

How to Create a Good Business Model and its Components (Presented in Spanish)
Our panel will discuss the components of successful business models and value proposition. Panelists TBA.

This event is presented by Hazleton LaunchBox supported by Pasco L. Schiavo, Esq. and Penn State Hazleton.

Speakers
avatar for Fermin Diaz

Fermin Diaz

Entrepreneurship Facilitator, Hazleton LaunchBox supported by Pasco L. Schiavo, Esq.


Thursday November 11, 2021 7:00pm - 9:00pm EST
Virtual
 
Friday, November 12
 

8:00am EST

Entrepreneur in Residence - Penn State Altoona
The Entrepreneur in Residence (EIR) program provides students with the opportunity to expand their network and get immediate feedback on their ventures or entrepreneurial career goals and aspirations. With advance online registration, students schedule one-on-one time with visiting entrepreneurs from diverse fields and backgrounds.

This program is open to currently enrolled Penn State Altoona students with an ENTR minor or ENTR option.

You can register for a timeslot here: https://sites.psu.edu/sheetzcenter/entrepreneur-in-residence/cathy-griffith/.

This opportunity is presented by Penn State Altoona and the Sheetz Center for Entrepreneurial Excellence

Speakers
avatar for Cathy Griffith

Cathy Griffith

President, Griffith Family Foundation/Sideline Cancer
Cathy Griffith graduated from Hollidaysburg Area High School and attended Allegheny College of Maryland where she received an Associate Arts degree in Dental Hygiene. She worked as a Dental Hygienist in the Blair County area for 32 years. In 2010, her beloved husband Greg Griffith... Read More →



Friday November 12, 2021 8:00am - 12:05pm EST
Sheetz Center for Entrepreneurial Excellence

9:00am EST

Success Strategies for Entrepreneurs
This will be a three-hour long Workshop (including a half-way break) and it is based on the two unique books which Mr. Sloot has written pertaining to Motivation, Philosophy and Life-Skills. This Seminar will cover a myriad of areas essential to achieving above-average success in both one’s Business and one’s Personal Life.

Attendees will learn about:
Goal Setting, Preparation, Creativity, Focus and Persistence. Dealing with Adversity and Setbacks which we will all experience throughout our daily living. How to turn Crises into Opportunities and to really benefit from what might appear to be bad times. Included will be some vital Success Philosophies, how to gain Enrichment in all corners of our lives. How setting New Horizons by way of Positive Expectations can bring us peace and prosperity. Why, with increasing our Value to Others we can set ourselves up for heights of success undreamed of. If towards the end time permits, Mr. Sloot will spend ten minutes showing attendees how one can “Turn $2.00 into $2 Million.” Mr. Sloot will provide free to each attendee a 36-Page ENRICHMENT Workbook which will help them to follow along with the PowerPoint Presentation. This is something attendees will be able to take home with them and keep as a Reference Book forever. While there is space on each page in the Workbook to make notes, attendees are urged to make additional notes on separate sheets of paper so that they capture much of the side commentary and advice which will be given throughout the talk.
(Additional Notepaper and pens will be provided by LaunchBox).

Starts at 9.00 am Sharp and ends at 12.00 noon. If attending in person, attendees are urged to be there by 8.45 am.

This event is presented by Hazleton LaunchBox supported by Pasco L. Schiavo, Esq. and Penn State Hazleton

Speakers

Friday November 12, 2021 9:00am - 12:00pm EST

12:15pm EST

Exfiltration! Intellectual Property Workshop
Scan the QR Code on the attached flier to join!

This event is presented by Penn State Berks and The Flemming Creativity, Entrepreneurship, and Economic Development Center (CEED) Center.


Speakers
SH

Sarah Hartman-Caverly

Assistant Librarian




Friday November 12, 2021 12:15pm - 1:15pm EST
Zoom

12:15pm EST

Yes, and... Your Life to Move Forward Positively
With a combined 25 years of experience performing comedy improvisation and stand-up, and leading stress-reducing laughter yoga workshops, I understand firsthand the power when laughter and humor are harnessed. I propose an interactive presentation that builds upon the foundational principle of comedy improv: Yes, and...in which we practice accepting what is given to us and then determining what we can contribute to move forward. In comedy improv it is the basis for games and scenes built by actors working together but in professional settings and personal lives, it helps us work collaboratively--with a specific focus on listening, creative thinking and clear, effective communication--and enhance personal growth as we learn to keep from getting stuck and move forward, even when we don't like what life hands us. With the pandemic and its effects since early 2020, "Yes, and..." has never been a more vital philosophy to put into practice. The presentation will include some research and information on the health, wellness and professional benefits of humor, laughter, play and creativity and feature interactive improv games that rely on the "Yes, and..." principle. The games are fun but also reinforce listening to one another and responding in the moment, in a manner that is collaborative rather than combative or conflicting. I will also incorporate some laughter activities as an ice breaker and a closing to show people how laughter can be used to recharge and energize us while also helping us with overall well-being, stress relief and self-care.

Friday November 12, 2021 12:15pm - 1:15pm EST
Hayden Family Center For The Arts 31 W. Broad St., Hazleton, PA 18202

2:30pm EST

PSU Biotech Boardroom Pitch Competition
Have you ever wondered what SDGs are?  If you have heard of them before how can you incorporate them in E-ship courses? The PSU Biotech Boardroom Pitch competition will show you how undergraduate and graduate students from different majors and colleges across the University came together as teams in the microbial biotechnology course: Biotc/Micrb 416 offered by the Biochemistry and Molecular Biology Department in the Eberly College of Science.

Students over the course of the semester started with identifying one or more of the 17 sustainability goals of the United Nations. They then applied their hard skills in the natural and physical sciences along with soft skills to find solutions. The proposed solutions were then presented in individual elevator pitches with the intent to form teams of people with similar ideas and solutions.

The next steps were the warm-up pitches named PSU Biotech Associate and PSU Biotech Supervisor before their final pitch: PSU Biotech Boardroom. Throughout the semester, after the team formation, students were accompanied by alumni mentors and judges from industry. Access to the PSU Biotech Boardroom Pitches will be available to people that RSVP by November 11th, 2021 at 5 pm. The official judging by alumni from industry will occur on November 12th between 2:30 and 3:20 pm. The judges will have the opportunity to ask each team questions and time permitting will announce 1st, 2nd and 3rd place winners.

Entrepreneurs, E-Ship Course Instructors, STEM Educators, and anyone with an interest in SDGs, entrepreneurship, Stem education and/or just curiosity is welcome to attend!

Registration is required for this event. To attend this event, please email Suzanne Kijewski at sdk5252@psu.edu by November 11th, 2021 at 5:00 pm with your name, affiliation and preferred email.

This event is presented by Penn State Eberly College of Science

Speakers
YL

Yuan L., Yen Jui S., Jiawen X. and Xuanyi Y.

BasicAlgae
Problem: Ocean acidification seriously impacts the economy and the biosphere.Solution: Use Algae to absorb carbon dioxide and use spent algae as renewables.Link to SDGs: Life Below Water (Goal 14)
YA

Youssef A., Richard A., Hannah B., Samer D., Alexandra J. and Elizabeth W.

PacKits
Problem: Incorrect diagnosis of pernicious anemia by medical community in stage 2 of disease.Solution: Novel ELISA test for TC2 antibody to be used by the medical community to improve treatment and to manage diseaseLink to SDGs: Increase in quality of life for pernicious anemia patients... Read More →
EC

Efrosini C., Jennifer C., Aditi D., Aishwarya M., Marena M., Stutee P. and Soha P.

PHAceMasks
Problem: Non-degradable plastic waste is a havoc to already existing environmental issues.Solution: Bio-degradable face masks made out of bioplastics produced in bacterial gut.Link to SDGs: Responsible consumption and production (Goal 12)
LA

Lebene A-D., Savithra B., Marin B., Neeharika C. and Samantha S.

RapiDia Biotech
Problem 1: Congestion at the doctor's office leads to spread of disease.Problem 2: Some people have difficulty accessing doctor's office.Solution: A rapid antibody test that detects multiple pathogens, integrated with an app for telehealth.Link to SDGs: Good health and well-being... Read More →
BH

Brendan H., Robert L., Aidan M., Cierra N. Asa S. and William S.

STEMat
Problem: The increased plastic waste that occurred during the pandemic due to disposable masks.Solution: Collection of disposable masks from lab courses and hospitals to produce weed mats.Link to SDGs: Responsible consumption and production (Goal 12)


Friday November 12, 2021 2:30pm - 3:20pm EST
Zoom

7:00pm EST

Food-preneurs Panel (Presented in Spanish)
Join us for a conversation with Hazleton-area "food-preneurs" that are changing our community. Our guests will speak about challenges and hopes. Panelists include Maria Rodriguez from Manuel Empanadas, Yesenia Rodriguez from Kiki's Bakery, Domingo Adames from Adames Bakery and Restaurant, and Ariel Comas from Eros Cafe.

This event is presented by Hazleton LaunchBox supported by Pasco L. Schiavo, Esq. and Penn State Hazleton.

Speakers
MR

Maria Rodriguez

Manuel Empanadas
YR

Yesenia Rodriguez

Kiki's Bakery
DA

Domingo Adames

Adames Bakery and Restaurant
AC

Ariel Comas

Eros Cafe
avatar for Fermin Diaz

Fermin Diaz

Entrepreneurship Facilitator, Hazleton LaunchBox supported by Pasco L. Schiavo, Esq.


Friday November 12, 2021 7:00pm - 9:00pm EST
Virtual
 
Tuesday, November 16
 

8:30am EST

Knowing You: How To Create or Rejuvenate Your Authentic Brand
Michelle Fetter will be talking about the foundation of business planning or reinvention. She will discuss aspects to take into consideration when coming up with a logo to represent a brand and the techniques to make that brand seen that will reinvent or create the way that consumers are attracted to the product being sold.

Speakers
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Michelle Fetter

Lewistown Printworks
Michelle Fetter will be talking about the foundation of business planning or reinvention. She will discuss aspects to take into consideration when coming up with a logo to represent a brand and the techniques to make that brand seen that will reinvent or create the way that... Read More →


Tuesday November 16, 2021 8:30am - 9:30am EST
Webinar
 
Wednesday, November 17
 

12:00pm EST

From Penn State to President - Alumni Diversity Entrepreneurship
Smeal ACS Webinar featuring Karla Trotman '98 B LOG and Antonio Nieves ’03 ACCT!

Secure your spot today for free!

Studies have reported that diverse men and women are leaving the workforce to start their own businesses.
  • "38% of [B]lack millennials are considering leaving their jobs to start their own company"
  • "50% of multicultural women are thinking about leaving their jobs in the next 2 years"
  • "Women of color have been starting businesses at 4.5 times the rate of the overall population"
  • "LatinX owned businesses are growing at a rate of 2-to-4 times the rate of the overall population since 2015"

Over the past year, Smeal alumni Karla Trotman, the President & CEO of Electro Soft, Incorporated, and Antonio Nieves, the CEO of Interior Define, Inc., have been interviewing diverse Smeal graduates who left Corporate America and took the entrepreneurial plunge. The Smeal Alumni Diversity Entrepreneurship Talks are a collection of those discussions, discovering their journeys from Penn State to President of their own businesses. Karla and Antonio will discuss the series, what they have learned from the entrepreneurs, issues impacting minority businesses, and share best practices for individuals thinking of starting their own businesses.

You can secure your spot by registering here:  https://psu.zoom.us/webinar/register/WN__XVQvssvRbymjiWabAa1mg

 This event is presented by Smeal College of Business and Smeal Alumni Career Services

Speakers
avatar for Karla Trotman '98 B LOG

Karla Trotman '98 B LOG

President & CEO, Electro Soft, Incorporated
Karla Trotman '98 B LOG is the President & CEO of Electro Soft, Incorporated, an electronics engineering and manufacturing firm which was started by her father over 32 years ago. Her background in supply chain logistics, purchasing, global scheduling, and e-commerce, led her to... Read More →
avatar for Antonio Nieves ’03 ACCT

Antonio Nieves ’03 ACCT

CEO, Interior Define, Inc
Antonio Nieves ’03 ACCT is currently the CEO of Interior Define, Inc., one of the major-player brands in the fast-furniture game. After graduating from Smeal with an accounting degree, Antonio entered the finance world working for many years at companies like J&J, Gilead Sciences... Read More →


Wednesday November 17, 2021 12:00pm - 1:00pm EST
Zoom

6:00pm EST

Entrepreneurial Meet-Up
This is a free event where individuals interested in entrepreneurial pursuits can network, exchange ideas and advice, learn, and grow themselves and their networks.

Registration is not required for this event.

This event is presented by the Juniata River Valley Chamber of Commerce & Mifflin County Industrial Development Corporation


Wednesday November 17, 2021 6:00pm - 7:00pm EST
East End Coffee Co. 18 East Market Street, Lewistown, PA 17044

6:30pm EST

Business Storytelling 101
Leverage the powerful tool of storytelling to build connections, influence a following, and distinguish yourself from competitors!

Strategic Storytelling starts with an investigation. A probing inquiry is the first step in “fleshing out” your Business Story. Building a presence or finding the Face of Your Business requires a narrative that is strategically and creatively woven into and throughout your content channels and your face-to-face marketing experiences.

Lori Donofrio-Galley, PR Strategist and founder of the Right Angle, will help you begin to uncover a compelling story that resonates with your target audience to communicate your value and make your business shine!

Registration is required for this event. You can register here: https://berkslaunchbox.psu.edu/project/business-storytelling-101/.

This event is presented by Berks LaunchBox powered by Penn State.  

Speakers
avatar for Lori Donofrio-Galley

Lori Donofrio-Galley

PR Strategist and Founder, Right Angle
Throughout an enduring career, Lori B. Donofrio-Galley has crisscrossed for-profit and nonprofit sectors in Berks, Lancaster, and Dauphin Counties.  Roles at GAI-Tronics, Strategic Analysis, Reading Area Community College, Winters Heritage House Museum, Berks Women in Crisis (now... Read More →



Wednesday November 17, 2021 6:30pm - 7:30pm EST
Zoom
 
Thursday, November 18
 

6:00pm EST

Happy Valley VC Fireside Chat: Harrison Horn
Join us this Thursday, November 18th on Zoom for a fireside chat with Harrison Horn, VP at Bracket Capital. Bracket Capital focuses on special situation opportunities in growth and late-stage private companies. Come learn about investing in late-stage startups. We look forward to seeing you all there!

This event is presented by Penn State Smeal College of Business.

Moderators
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James Shryock

Senior, Finance Major, Penn State
James Shryock is a senior finance student at Penn State. He's currently the Engagement Partner at Happy Valley VC where he oversees the marketing, branding, community relations, General Body Meetings, and events. Outside of school, he's interested in cooking, Penn State football... Read More →

Speakers
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Harrison Horn

Vice President, Bracket Capital
Harrison Horn is a Vice President at Bracket Capital. He's previously worked at Hulu in their Ad Analytics department, as well as J.P. Morgan as a Private Banking Analyst. He graduated from Penn State in 2014 with a degree in Finance.


Thursday November 18, 2021 6:00pm - 7:00pm EST
Zoom
 
Friday, November 19
 

5:00pm EST

Pechter Business Plan Competition - Registration Deadline
The Pechter Business Plan Competition is an opportunity for Penn State Altoona students to distinguish themselves from other students and turn great ideas into great business ventures! Students compete for cash prizes!
  • First Place: $5,000
  • Second place: $2,500
  • Third Place: $1,000

Registration deadline is November 19, 2021. You can register here: https://sites.psu.edu/sheetzcenter/files/2019/10/PecheterApplicationFormEG.pdf.

This event is presented by Altoona LaunchBox supported by the Hite family in partnership with Sheetz Center for Entrepreneurial Excellence


Friday November 19, 2021 5:00pm - 5:00pm EST
 
Saturday, November 27
 

12:00pm EST

The Brandywine LaunchBox Supports Small Business Saturday
The Brandywine LaunchBox encourages everyone to #shopsmall for the holiday season and celebrate Small Business Saturday in their respective communities. The Brandywine LaunchBox is a designed American Express Small Business Neighborhood Champion.

Saturday November 27, 2021 12:00pm - 7:00pm EST
Anywhere You Are
 
Monday, November 29
 

TBA

Accelerator Rap Challenge - National Contest Registration Launch
The 2021-22 Accelerator Rap Challenge registration is now open! Teams of undergraduates around
the US are invited to:

1) Register a team of 2-5 students.
2) Create a short animated music video designed for girls and children of color to see themselves in innovative
entrepreneurial careers.
3) Compete for prizes and bragging rights!

The Accelerator Rap Challenge is hosted by The Cape (Community Advancing Pluralism in Entrepreneurship) at Penn State. Participating teams will interact with thought leaders in the creator economy over the arc of the contest and learn about the creator economy, entrepreneurship, animation, beat-making, educational media, and the power of diversity, inclusion, and belonging.

Timeline:
Registration open: November, 29, 2021
Kickoff zoom for registered teams and the judging panel - December 2021
Submissions accepted - Jan/Feb 2022
Creator economy coda - March 2022
Finale and awards presentation - April 2022

Visit https://sites.psu.edu/challenge for more info and to get involved.

This competition is presented by Penn State College of Education and the Krause Innovation Studio.

Speakers
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Betsy Campbell

Assistant Professor and Director of The Cape, Penn State
As an Assistant Professor at Penn State, Dr. Betsy Campbell studies the practices of teams at the forefront of scientific discovery, technological innovation, and new venture creation. She is the director of The Cape, a national initiative addressing matters of diversity, inclusion... Read More →



Monday November 29, 2021 TBA
Nationwide